Dominant vs. Predominant

Dominant vs. Predominant — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Dominant and Predominant

Dominantadjective

Exercising the most power, control, or influence

the dominant nations during the Cold War.

Predominantadjective

Having the most importance, influence, or force

the predominant theory in the field.

Dominantadjective

Most abundant or conspicuous; predominant

"[The fireplaces'] shallow brick arches are a relief from the dominant squares and verticals of the windows and doors" (Stephen A. Kliment).

Predominantadjective

Most common or conspicuous; main or prevalent

"Egrets, gulls and small mammals are the predominant wildlife on the island these days" (Dan McCoubrey).

Dominantadjective

Higher; overlooking

dominant hills.

Predominantadjective

common or widespread; prevalent

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Dominantadjective

Tending to be stronger than its counterpart or used for the most important tasks or in the most pressing situations

Which is your dominant eye? Throw the ball with your dominant arm.

Predominantadjective

significant or important; dominant

Dominantadjective

(Genetics) Of, relating to, or being an allele that produces the same phenotypic effect in heterozygotes as in homozygotes.

Predominantnoun

(music) A subdominant.

Dominantadjective

(Ecology) Of, relating to, or being a species that is most characteristic of an ecological community and usually determines the presence, abundance, and type of other species.

Predominantadjective

most frequent or common;

prevailing winds
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Dominantadjective

(Music) Relating to or based on the fifth tone of a diatonic scale.

Predominantadjective

having superior power and influence;

the predominant mood among policy-makers is optimism

Dominantnoun

(Genetics) A dominant allele or a trait produced by a dominant allele.

Dominantnoun

(Ecology) A dominant species.

Dominantnoun

(Music) The fifth tone of a diatonic scale.

Dominantnoun

(music) The fifth major tone of a musical scale (five major steps above the note in question); thus G is the dominant of C, A of D, and so on.

Dominantnoun

(music) The triad built on the dominant tone.

Dominantnoun

(genetics) A gene that is dominant.

Dominantnoun

A species or organism that is dominant.

Dominantnoun

(BDSM) The dominating partner in sadomasochistic sexual activity.

Dominantadjective

Ruling; governing; prevailing

The dominant party controlled the government.

Dominantadjective

Predominant, common, prevalent, of greatest importance.

The dominant plants of the Carboniferous were lycopods and early conifers.

Dominantadjective

(medicine) Designating the follicle which will survive atresia and permit ovulation.

Dominantnoun

(music) the fifth note of the diatonic scale

Dominantadjective

exercising influence or control;

television plays a dominant role in molding public opinionthe dominant partner in the marriage

Dominantadjective

of genes; producing the same phenotype whether its allele is identical or dissimilar